Shays’ Rebellion: The Hanging of Co-Leader, Captain Henry Gale
By Lisa Saunders
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Published: April 22, 2011
Words: 3,878 (approximate)
Henry Gale responded to Paul Revere’s call to Lexington and was honored as a patriot. Yet in the post-war credit crisis, he was considered a traitor for his leadership role in Shays’ Rebellion—an insurrection that influenced the adoption of the United States Constitution.
Henry Gale responded to Paul Revere’s call to Lexington and was honored as a patriot. Yet a decade later, he was considered a traitor for his leadership role in Shays’ Rebellion—a movement to stop courts from prosecuting and jailing the many Revolutionary War veterans unable to pay their debts in the post-war credit crisis. After a military conflict between the insurgents and the militia, Henry Gale was arrested, found guilty of treason and sentenced to “be hanged by the neck until he be dead.” Marched up to the scaffold, the gathered crowd watched the noose placed around his neck and prayers said. Moments before this father of several young children was about to be dropped from the land of the living, the sheriff pulled out a piece of paper and read a statement from Governor John Hancock.
, revolutionary war
, john hancock
, shays rebellion
, henry gale
, daniel shays
, abraham gale
, lisa saunders
, sam adams
, betsey gale sisson
, william henry sisson
, frank munro sisson
, mary arne sisson mcdowell
, russell gale mcdowell
, mary ann mcdowell avazian
, lisa marie avazian saunders
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